World Class Care. ., Anytime, Ajiywhere
January 16, 2009
Inside this Issue:
AdmiraFs Call by the Surgeon Gen- 2
eral of the U.S. Navy
Vice Admiral Adam. M.
The Tri-Service Regional
Wounded Warriors, Other Gates
Priorities to Continue in Next
Seabees Provide Medical
Assistance in Romania
USS Abraham Lincoln Assists in
Medevac At Sea
Navy Medicine Continues to
Attract Diverse and Talented Medi
Navy Medicine West Welcomes
First Babies in 2009
Item of Interest:
Inauguration of President-elect
Barack Obama, the 44th President ,
of the United States of America. I
President-elect Barack Obama will be
inaugurated as our nation's 44th Presi-
dent Tuesday, Jan. 20. This is also the
birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
President-elect Obama will take the
oath of the office of the President at 12
p.m.. Due to this event, all Federal
offices in Washington, D.C., and in
some locations in the nearby surround-
ing areas, will be closed and the day
declared a holiday for personnel. Also,
Martine Luther King's Birthday is ob-
served as a Federal holiday Monday,
Jan. 19 and all offices will be closed.
Navy and Marine
Corps Medical News
A Public Affairs Publication of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Chaplains Offer New Suicide Prevention
By Mass Communication Specialist
2nd Class (SW/ AW) Marc Rockwell-
Pate, Commander, Navy Region
Europe Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy - Navy chaplains
across the Europe, Africa, South-
west Asia region are now offering a
special suicide prevention progrann
to help address the concerns Navy
and Marine Corps leadership have
regarding one of their top priorities
- suicide prevention.
Along with the Navy's Life Skills/
Health promotions nnandatory an-
nual suicide prevention training,
region chaplains are providing ser-
vice nriembers and their dependents
with the Applied Suicide Interven-
tion Skills Training (AS! ST) pro-
"Suicide is one of the most un-
derestimated problems in our cul-
ture," said Lt. Jason Hefner, the
lead AS! ST instructor in the region.
"It is the third leading cause of
death for 17-24 year olds in the
U.S. and the tenth leading cause of
death for all age groups."
Hefner added the AS! ST pro-
gram is a great addition to the mili-
tary's annual training and will pro-
vide a new set of prevention tools
to service members.
"The AS! ST program provides
everyday people with the perspec-
tive and skills to empower them to
provide effective care for others,"
AS! ST was developed by Living-
Works Education, Inc. and is de-
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WASHINGTON - Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., the Surgeon General of the Navy, hosted
the JVIartin Luther King J r. Birthday Observance ceremony at the Bureau of Medicine and Sur-
gery (BUMED) on Jan. 12. During the ceremony, the Surgeon General gave a moving and
heartfelt speech expressing the deep impact King continues to have on civil rights and on the
lives of all Americans. A cake cutting ceremony marked the conclusion of the event. U.S. Navy
photo provided by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs Office
Admirars Call by the Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy
Vice Admiral Adam. M. Robinson, Jr.
Because people are
Navy Medicine's most
valuable asset, rm committed
to the goal that Navy Medicine will
maintain the right workforce to de-
liver medical capabilities across the
full range of military operations.
We will achieve this goal through
the appropriate mix of accession,
retention, education, and training
If Navy Medicine is to be fully
successful, we must constantly
strive to attract and retain the best
people from all walks of life. If we
expect to keep the talent we re-
cruit, we must communicate and
embrace the concepts of diversity
to meet the professional aspirations
of all our personnel. Diversity must
become part of the everyday cul-
ture of Navy Medicine. We must
continue to create an environment
wherein we attract the highest level
of health care professionals by pro-
viding appealing job incentives --
meaningful and challenging assign-
ments, opportunities for profes-
sional growth, advanced educa-
tional and research opportunities.
and options for family stability and
a long term career.
To that end. Navy Medicine is a
role model of diversity because we
have focused on aligning ethnic and
gender representation throughout
the ranks to reflect our great na-
tion's population. We have had
many successes since our inception,
including the establishment of the
Navy Nurse Corps (all women) in
1908, and most recently, with the
appointment of the Navy's first Afri-
can-American Surgeon General in
Not only are we setting the ex-
ample of a diverse, robust, innova-
tive, and dedicated health care
work force, but this diversity also
reflects the people for whom we
care. As the medical providers for
the warfighters of our great nation,
we answer the call to provide medi-
cal care to our sailors and Marines,
soldiers, airmen, and members of
the Coast Guard. On the home
front and overseas, we also take
care of their families, our retirees,
and our personnel. Whenever and
wherever the injured and ill call to
us for medical care, we will be there
to take care of them.
Navy Medicine's Diversity Pro-
gram promotes the message that
we are the employer of choice for
those individuals committed to a
culturally competent health care
organization. We offer a high qual-
ity work-life environment where our
diverse workforce see themselves
represented at all levels of leader-
Our leaders support professional
environments promoting inclusion,
inviting different points of view.
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WASHINGTON - Chief Navy Career Counselor John Frierson,
left, Chief Navy Career Counselor Keith Eubanks, Senior Chief
Electronics Technician Freeland Peterson, Navy Career Counselor
1st Class Joshua Vinson, Engineman 1st Class Conrad Sabal,
Chief Hospital Corpsman Edward Dimagiba and Navy Career
Counselor 1st Class Jose Lopez, some of the selected 2008 Re-
cruiters of the Year, pose in front of the I wo J ima Memorial in
Washington Jan. 7. Navy Recruiting Command hosts its ROY
awards program annually in Washington. The program includes
meetings with senior Navy leadership, various dignitaries and
visits to national historical sites. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Com-
munication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Russell
PANAMA CITY, Panama - Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Joe Davies, top left, observes
Panamanian National Air and Maritime Service personnel during a Southern Partnership
Station mass casualty training exercise Dec. 22, 2008. Southern Partnership Station is
a training mission to Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin. U.S.
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Ball
The Tri-Service Regional Standardization Program-Clinically
By Kevin Hill, RN, MSN, MBA/ HCM and Dr. Susan Fergu-
son, DM, Tri-Service Regional Standardization Program
LOS ANGELES - Behind the scenes within Military
Treatnnent Facilities, the DoD Tri-Service Regional Stan-
dardization Program continues to contribute to quality
patient care, innproved medical readiness, and a
healthy force by utilizing a clinically focused process.
This process engages the input of doctors, nurses, den-
tists, and healthcare technologist in selecting quality
The goal of the Tri-Service Regional Standardization
Program is to select quality medical supplies while ob-
taining volume discount pricing for participating facili-
ties within each DoD region. To date, this program has
standardized over 100 product groups, and has cost
avoided over $100 million in supply expenses DoD-wide
over the last decade.
"The success of this program lies in the active par-
ticipation of all clinicians in each region," said. Air Force
Major Corey Munro, Pharmacist and Chief, Tri-Service
Regional Business Office, Central Region. "To provide
the best quality patient care, all clinical staff must engage
and be aware of the goals of the Military Health System,"
The clinical staffs of each standardization region de-
velop and validate the technical and clinical criteria for the
specific product line under consideration. This criterion is
used to assess and evaluate individual products for stan-
dardization. Clinical choice, based on the established crite-
rion, is one of the major determining factors for selecting
standardized products and represents the hall mark of this
clinically focused process.
Navy Lieutenant Robert Morrison, Supply Officer at Na-
val Hospital Guam stated, "To support our clinicians and to
provide patient centered service, our team works with the
standardization program, which offers our command im-
proved procurement practices, more efficient supply sys-
tems, and a cost savings for the selected products."
One of the key advantages of this program is that it
gives the clinicians an opportunity to support evidenced
based medicine. By clinically evaluating medical products,
DoD clinicians are treating their patients with the best
products for the best price!
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signed to teach people the skills to
competently and confidently inter-
vene with someone at risk fot sui-
cide. The course is a two-day train-
ing event divided into different
learning methods; one day of work-
book and PowerPoint education,
and one day of hands-on role-
"The role-playing aspect of the
training is very important," said
Hefner. "I think it is a much more
in-depth form of training and is
more comprehensive than the an-
nual GMT [general military training]
the Navy is required to do."
Hefner, with the help of other
AS! ST instructors around the re-
gion, will hold a training session
J an. 22-23 at NSA Naples and J an.
26-27 at Naval Air Station (NAS)
Sigonella. Hefner hopes to expand
the program to all installations in
"Right now we have certified
instructors at Naples, Sigonella and
Souda Bay," said Hefner. "I hope
that we can get a certified instruc-
tor at every base in order to in-
crease suicide awareness and de-
velop a strong prevention pro-
Hefner added he is happy the
Navy recognizes this program as a
valuable tool because it is the most
reliable and the most effective he
has ever studied.
Wounded Warriors, Other Gates Priorities to Continue in Next
By Donna Miles, American Forces
WASHINGTON - Defense Sec-
retary Robert M. Gates is pleased
by "great progress" in improving
care and support for wounded war-
riors, but believes these develop-
ments "are still not good enough"
and plans to implement more, Pen-
tagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
said Jan. 8.
Morrell said the Jan. 20 admini-
stration change won't deflect Gates'
focus on key initiatives he champi-
oned during the current administra-
tion. These include getting more
mine-resistant, ambush- protected
vehicles and intelligence, surveil-
lance and reconnaissance capabili-
ties to warfighters and overhauling
the acquisition and procurement
But particularly high on his ra-
dar screen, Morrell said, is im-
proved care for wounded warriors.
Problems at Walter Reed Army
Medical Center arose just months
after Gates assumed his post in
December 2007, and he ordered an
all-out overhaul of the system.
"I think you will see this take
even more of the secretary's time
in the coming year -- years, what-
ever it ends up being -- than even
it has over the past couple of
years," Morrell said. "And I can tell
you, it's occupied a significant por-
tion of his time."
Gates "is not done in that
realm," Morrell said. "He has many
more things he wishes to accom-
plish. He thinks we've made great
progress but ...[believes it is] still
not good enough. And so look for
more in that realm."
Another top Gates priority -
getting more MRAPs to the combat
theater - will continue into the next
administration with an emphasis on
getting more of the vehicles to Af-
ghanistan, Morrell said. About
1,100 MRAPs are currently in Af-
ghanistan, and more of these as
well as the new, lighter models are
likely to be needed in the future, he
Gates moved the MRAP program
into high gear, creating the first
major equipment procurement to
go from concept to industrial pro-
duction in less than a year.
The MRAP program "is now al-
most an institutionalized program,"
Morrell said. "And in fact, we have
nearly built all the MRAPs that have
been identified as needed."
Similarly, Morrell said, the ISR
effort will remain a top priority, al-
though he conceded that with
Gates' emphasis, it already has be-
come "pretty well institutionalized."
Gates announced in April that he
had created a task force to give the
ISR issue the same emphasis as the
"My concern is that our services
are still not moving aggressively in
wartime to provide resources
needed now on the battlefield," the
secretary said during an April
speech to Air War College students.
"While we have doubled this capa-
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Surgeon General's Column continued...
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embracing unique individual perspectives, enhancing the
potential for personal and professional growth, and en-
couraging the contributions of all personnel. This is not
just the job of Navy Medicine leadership, it is incumbent
on every member of the Navy Medicine workforce to
contribute to mission success.
We should all actively foster work environments
where people are valued, respected, and provided the
opportunity to reach their full personal and professional
potential. This is my responsibility and your responsibil-
ity, and we all must take ownership of what we do to
cultivate a diverse Navy Medicine team.
We will continue to nurture diversity by:
• Outreach - Navy Medicine leadership's educational
and community outreach efforts embrace a wide va-
riety of groups to stimulate an interest in careers
• Recruitment - We must all work together as a
group to multiply our effectiveness in recruiting the
best and brightest young people in the United
States. It is important that we continue to work with
the Navy Recruiting Command, Bureau of Medicine
and Surgery corps recruiters, the Uniformed Ser-
vices University of Health Sciences, and the Navy
Diversity Directorate (N134) in this initiative. In order
for people to learn about and become excited about
Navy Medicine, we must go out to their communities
and engage with them.
• Mentoring - Navy Medicine leadership is responsible
for developing the next cadres of diverse senior lead-
ers throughout all corps. We need to support and ex-
pand mentoring opportunities and create mentoring
environments across Navy Medicine, beginning with
the Surgeon General and cascading throughout the
chain of command.
• Retention - It is important to expand opportunities
for our personnel. One way is through post-graduate
and continuing education. Another way is to adopt
work-life balance policies that meet Navy Medicine's
needs and the needs of our personnel.
Navy Medicine recognizes the shifting demographic
realities in the United States, with the growing competi-
tion among the military services and corporate America
for talented personnel. With this in mind, the goal of the
Navy Medicine Diversity Program is to ensure we attract,
develop, and retain individuals whose contributions are
valued, and respected and who have the right skills to
allow Navy Medicine to meet the dual mission of Force
Health Protection and taking care of our beneficiaries.
Seabees Provide Medical Assistance in
By Builder 3rd Class Sherry Clark, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4
SINOE, Romania - Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
(NMCB) 4 renovated a nnedical clinic in the village of Sinoe, which opened its
doors to the people on Dec. 11.
The Seabees began the project in Septennber, renovating the concrete
floors with new ceramic tiles and vinyl. They also installed plumbing, a sep-
tic system and electricity, which the building did not have for more than 10
years. All the windows and doors were replaced with new ones, and all the
walls were repaired, sanded, and re-painted. In addition to the remodeling,
the Seabees were able to get some furniture for the clinic to include desks,
medical cabinets, beds, and other necessities for clinic.
"This project was tough, and there were many things that had to be done
in order to make it suitable for a medical clinic," said crew leader. Construc-
tion Electrician 2nd Class (SCW) Neal Walker. "We completely renovated
the building so the doctor has everything she needs!"
The existing clinic was built in the late 1930's and was in dire need of
"The people here in Sinoe needed a clean, safe medical clinic available to
them, and I am excited to be part of this project," Utilitiesman 3rd Class
Devin Boyette said.
The town Mayor, Gheorghe Grameni, and Constanta County Commis-
sioner, Danut Culetu, attended the ceremony and were very satisfied with
the final results.
"There are over 1600 people living in Sinoe, a village with small eco-
nomic power, and the village badly needed a clinic. There are poor people
that cannot travel to get medical assistance. The clinic is equipped with eve-
rything it needs now, a treatment ward... even a bedroom for the doctor,"
said the mayor.
Daily the Seabees drove an hour to the project site and were able to ex-
perience Romanian hospitality as neighbors brought the Seabees fries,
chicken soup and fish. The locals were thrilled their clinic was being reno-
"It's a dream come true. I've been here for seven years, and even if I
only come here for two days a week people have many problems, especially
financial ones," said Nicoleta Craciun, the doctor of Sinoe village. "The lo-
cals are poor, they don't have health insurance and is hard for me too, but
they need to be examined. This clinic did not even have [electric] power,
and the situation is different now."
1st Class Elisha Man-
ning performs a
routine dental clean-
ing aboard the multi-
assault ship USS Iwo
Jima (LHD 7) Jan. 2.
U.S. Navy photo by
Chad R. Erdmann
ICU Nurse Awarded Navy-
Marine Corps Commendation
By Mass Communications Spe-
cialist 1^' Class (AW) Russ Tafuri
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Naval Hos-
pital (NH) Pensacola Nurse Lt.
Charles L. Tolerjr., NC, was pre-
sented the Navy and Marine
Corps Commendation Medal at
an awards ceremony Dec. 12 for
meritorious service while serving
as Inpatient Care Unit Nurse with
the Fleet Surgical Team Seven
unit assigned to Commander,
Amphibious Force, U.S. Seventh
Fleet out of Yokosuka, J apan.
While forward deployed in sup-
port of operational requirements,
Toler was the sole critical care
nurse supervising multiple inten-
sive care nursing interventions
for the Sailors and Marines of the
Essex Amphibious Ready Group
and 31st Marine Expeditionary
Unit. His performance affected
more than 400 inpatient stays in
addition to providing enroute
critical care for more 10 patients
in austere conditions during
emergency overwater helicopter
Toler joined the NH Pensacola
nursing staff in the summer of
USS Abraham Lincoln Assists in IVIedevac At Sea
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kat Corona,
USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
USS ABRAHAM LI NCOLN, At Sea - USS Abraham
Lincoln (CVN 72) assisted in a nnedical evacuation
(MEDEVAC) fronn a Liberian-flagged merchant ship Dec.
13, 2008, nearly 300 miles off the coast of Southern
At approximately 9 p.m., Lincoln received word from
the U.S. Coast Guard that a cargo ship, Marie Rickmers,
issued a distress call of an injured Sailor on board who
needed emergency medical attention.
"We were told the [cargo] ship had an injured sailor
and was over 600 miles off the coast," said Coast Guard
Cmdr. Sean Cross, the helicopter pilot who performed
"We didn't think it would be able to happen because
they were just too far away. Then we were told Lincoln
was out there and we'd be able to use the ship."
Lincoln was on its transit home to Naval Station
Everett, Wash., after completing squadron carrier quali-
fications off the coast of southern California when the
call came in.
Through coordination with Lincoln, Marie Rickmers
and the U.S. Coast Guard, Lincoln was positioned be-
tween the San Diego Coast Guard station and the cargo
ship to act as a lily pad for the San Diego- based helicop-
ter to refuel and expedite the MEDEVAC of the injured
"We were told someone was down on the other ship
and needed help," said Lincoln's Senior Medical Officer
Cmdr. Benjamin Lee. "We contacted the ship's captain to
find out the status of the patient."
The Coast Guard helicopter landed on Lincoln's flight
deck at about 1:30 a.m. to pick up a doctor and a hospi-
tal corpsman and to be refueled before heading to the
cargo ship for the rescue.
"I was really impressed with Lincoln's crew on the
[flight] deck," Cross said. "They had everything tied
down and fueled quickly. There were some frustrations
at first, with different hand signals and getting every-
thing coordinated, but once everyone got on the phones
and were able to talk it all came together quickly."
At the cargo ship, the helicopter crew realized there
was very little space for them to perform their hoists.
Wounded Warriors continued...
PACI FIC OCEAN - An injured merchant sailor from tiie Liberian cargo
ship "Marie Ricl<mers" is loaded onto a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin
helicopter after receiving basic medical attention aboard the aircraft ■
carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Dec. 14, 2008. U.S. Navy |
photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Robert A.
"There were a lot of cranes and things on the deck
that made dropping the hoists more difficult," Cross said.
In all, the helicopter crew performed four total hoists.
The rescue swimmer went first, followed by the litter,
which held the injured sailor as he was lifted into the heli-
After the patient was packaged onto the back board
and brought up to the deck of the cargo ship. Coast
Guard Aviation Survival Technician 3rd Class Robyn Ham-
ilton, the rescue swimmer on the helicopter, attached the
back board to the hoist and the injured sailor was
brought up into the helicopter where Lincoln's corpsman
and doctor took over care.
Hamilton was hoisted back into the helicopter and the
crew began their journey back to Lincoln.
After landing on Lincoln's flight deck. Health Services
Department took over care of the patient, but had help
from many different departments on the ship to get the
patient down to main medical.
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bility in recent months, it is still not
That's changing, Morrell said.
"There are now people who appreci-
ate, as the secretary does, how im-
portant this is to our warfighters,"
he said. "And so I think they are
committed to seeing his vision
through to reality."
Gates will continue his efforts to
improve defense acquisition and
procurement while dealing with ma-
jor budget issues, Morrell said.
The next defense budget will go
to Capitol Hill shortly after the
Obama administration takes office.
Other issues on the horizon include
the Quadrennial Defense Review, a
new National Defense Strategy and
a new nuclear posture statement.
"So there are a lot of budget
and policy matters that are going to
eat up a lot of his time, but have
the potential to really impact the
direction of this department for
years to come," Morrell said. "I
think you'll see, in the first several
months of this administration, a
great deal of the secretary's time
devoted to dealing with those is-
Navy Medicine Continues To Attract Diverse and Talented
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Public Affairs Office
WASHINGTON - People are
Navy Medicine's most valuable as-
set. By continuing to recruit and
retain an innnnense cross-cultural
dennographic of health care profes-
sionals, Navy Medicine is seen as a
successful leader in diversity within,
and an example for, the Navy com-
"If Navy Medicine is to be fully
successful, we must constantly
strive to attract and retain the best
people from all walks of life. If we
expect to keep the talent we re-
cruit, we must strategically commu-
nicate and embrace the concepts of
diversity to meet the professional
aspirations of all our personnel and
integrate diversity into the every-
day culture of Navy Medicine," said
Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson J r.,
MC, Surgeon General of the Navy.
"We must have an environment
where those we attract receive in-
centives, meaningful assignments,
opportunities for professional
growth and options for family sta-
bility and a long term career."
Diversity is a strategic impera-
tive for Navy Medicine and critical
to the enterprise's mission accom-
plishment. With the shift in demo-
graphic realities in the U.S., there is
an ever-increasing competition
among the services and the private
sector for talented personnel. Navy
Medicine's Diversity Program en-
sures we attract, develop, and re-
tain Sailors whose contributions are
of the highest value and respected.
"In support of the diversity stra-
tegic imperative, we have formed
the Navy Medicine Diversity Coun-
cil. This council will continue to
create new avenues of connecting
with groups and communities to
attract the best and brightest
health care professionals to the
Navy," said Cmdr. Victoria Wooden,
Navy Medicine Special Assistant for
Wooden added," In order to re-
cruit and retain the highest quality
of talent, each member of Navy
Medicine, at every rank and pay
grade, must be his or her own
leader in promoting and embracing
what unique qualities and talents
every one of us brings to this enter-
prise. Each of us brings our own
unique talents and skills to Navy
Medicine and we must respect and
appreciate the work our fellow team
members do for our beneficiaries."
The goal of the Diversity Pro-
gram is to ensure Navy Medicine
will remain the medical organization
of choice for those committed to
culturally competent health care.
Also, Navy Medicine will sustain a
high quality work-live environment
in which our diverse workforce
represents all persons at all levels
To ensure this success, all Navy
Medicine personnel will continue to
contribute to mission success and
will actively foster work environ-
ments where all Navy Medicine per-
sonnel are valued, respected, and
provided the opportunity to reach
their fill personal and professional
Navy Medicine provides the
health care for our service mem-
bers, families and veterans of this
great nation both on the home
front, aboard, ships, and the front
lines. It is because of the diversity
of life experiences that we continue
to cultivate the greatest medical
staff for Navy Medicine.
he Hidden Casualties of War: ivioving to Solutions
2nd Deployment Mental Health Symposium
May 7 - 8
University of West Florida (UWF) Center for Fine and Performing Arts
11000 University Parkway, Building 82
Pensacola, Florida 32514
$185 Early Registration (Through Feb 1, 2009)
$205 Regular Registration (Feb 2 - May 1, 2009)
$60 Full-time Student Registration (documentation must be provided)
The University of West Florida's Center for Applied Psychology (CAP) and the Naval Hospital Pensacola's Deploy-
ment Health and Wellness Center are proud to host a second Deployment Mental Health symposium that is
structured to assist with promoting healing and resiliency for US Service members and their families.
The 2-day event will include tools and strategies to assist providers in diagnosing and treating trauma and
stress that occur during and after the deployment cycle.
The Deployment Mental Health symposium is recommended for community-based mental health professionals,
government and uniformed health care providers, and all others who have an interest in deployment mental or
For more information, visit
Continuing Education Credits 12 hours - CE/CME
for updates, registration information
and scheduled speakers.
Navy Medicine West Welcomes First Babies in 2009
By Sonja Hanson, Navy Medicine West and Naval Medical
Center San Diego Public Affairs Office
SAN DIEGO- Navy Medicine West (NMW) celebrates
2009 newborns from San Diego to J apan.
The first baby born in 2009 at Naval Medical Center
San Diego was Gavin J anneson Rea. He arrived Thurs-
day, Jan. 1, 2009, at 9:15 a.nn. Pacific Standard Time
(PST), weighed 7 lb. 15 oz. and measured 21 inches in
length. Proud parents. Marine Sgt. Nathan and Jessica
Rea are natives of Bakersfield, Calif. Nathan is currently
assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 at Camp
Pendleton Marine Corps Base. This is the first child for
the Rea's. Mother and baby are both doing fine.
Naval Hospital Lemoore is proud to announce the
arrival of 2009's first baby girl, Priscilla Colette Crusing.
Crusing arrived at 5:01 p.m. PST on Jan. 1, 2009,
weighed 9 lbs. 5 oz. and 21 inches long. Parents Avia-
tion Electronics Technician 1st Class John Crusing and
his wife Keishawn are assigned to the stands for Center
for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) in
route to VFA-115 Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Calif.
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton welcomed their first
baby of 2009 on Jan. 1 at 4:32 a.m. PST, weighing in at
6 lbs. 11 oz. andl7.5 inches in length. Ian Juaquin
Guerrero was born to Marine Corps Sgt. Jose Guerrerolo-
pez of McAllen, Texas and Heather Guerrero of Mont-
gomery, Ala. Ian is the couple's first child. Guerrerolo-
pez has been in the Marine Corps for more than seven
years and is currently assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Ma-
rine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Both mother and
baby are doing well.
Naval Hospital Bremerton began the New Year with
the arrival of the first baby born at Northwest Begin-
nings Family Birth Center in 2009. Proud parents, Lisa
and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class David T. Vally celebrated
the birth of their daughter, Kayla Fumiko, who was born
Jan. 1, 2009 at 12:04 a.m. PST, weighed 8 lbs, 11 oz.
and measured 16 inches in length. Vally is currently sta-
tioned at the Naval Base Kitsap Bangor Security Detach-
ment. Kayla is the Vally family's first child. Both mother
and baby are doing well.
Naval Hospital Guam and proud parents. Construction
Mechanic 2nd Class Mark and Cherie Vieira welcomed the
birth of their daughter, Abigail Vieira, who was born J an.
1, 2008 at 8:25 a.m., weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. and meas-
ured 20 inches in length. Mark is currently stationed at
Mobile Security Squadron SEVEN (MSS-7), Naval Base
Guam. Abigail is the Vieira family's first child. Both
mother and baby are doing well.
The first baby born in 2009 at U.S. Naval Hospital
Okinawa was Kaira Renee Andrews, a baby girl born
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 at 4:32 a.m. Japan Standard
Time (J ST) to Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel and Staci An-
drews. Kaira weighed 9 lb. 7.3 oz. and measured 21
inches in length. Daniel Andrews is currently assigned to
the 0353^^^ Maintenance Squadron at Kadena Air Base.
Kaira has two brothers, Quinn, 9, and Corbin, 5. Mother
and baby are both doing fine.
The first baby born at U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka in
2009 is the son of Information System Technician 2nd
Class Bickiana Patton and Information System Technician
2nd Class Dawayne Patton. The new parents proudly
welcomed their son, Davian Patton, at 8:08 p.m. on Jan.
1, 2009. Davian weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Bickiana
is assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan and
the Dawayne is stationed on the USS McCampbell (DDG
85), Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan. Da-
vian is the Pattons' first child. Mother and baby are all
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from the flight deck to main medi-
cal through various weapons eleva-
"It was great to see all the co-
operation with the different depart-
ments on the ship," Lee said.
"Everyone played a small role in the
bigger picture. From Weapons
[Department] to the flight deck
crew, everyone knew their part."
Once with in main medical, Lin-
coln's doctors and corpsman stabi-
lized the patient and prepared him
for the next leg of his journey to
The members of the helicopter
crew perform three to four
medevacs each month, but never
as far from shore as this one.
"We're not specifically designed
for this, but the corpsman are
trained for emergency care," said
Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman
Donald Singleton, Lincoln's Health
Services Department leading chief
The patient was transported via
Coast Guard C-130 cargo plane to a
medical facility in San Diego the
following afternoon to receive fol-
low-on care as Lincoln and its crew
set sail back toward home.
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